Trick or Thrift?

Halloween is around the corner, and deciding on the perfect costume is crucial. Since I can remember, I’ve dressed up almost ever year and only about five occasions were my costumes ‘store bought’. My mother and I had more fun coming up with ideas and searching for key pieces for costumes rather than bumping into cranky people or waiting in long lines at Halloween stores. One of my favorite costumes was a hand-me down sequins Little Mermaid outfit from my older cousin.This costume was special to me because it looked nothing like the traditional one. With this costume I even won second place in a costume contest during fourth grade. Yay me! In past years, I’ve also been a dead ballerina, a hippie and Lady Gaga.

To help you be a little creative and save some cash for this special holiday, I put together reviews of thrift stores you should hit up for your Halloween costumes or accessories.

Savers

(Photo by Karina Ultreras)

I love Savers all year-long, and especially when it is Halloween season because this thrift store has great deals. This store stands out to me because they carry a variety of products. Here you can find second-hand costumes as well as new ones. The section that caught my eye right away was the wigs. They have different styles, colors and costume-oriented wigs to choose from, and the best part is they aren’t ridiculously priced. In addition to all the awesome accessories, Savers will have 50 percent off Halloween decor during the week before Halloween.

Goodwill (Rowland Heights)

(Photo by Karina Ultreras)

If you want to put together a unique costume, then Goodwill is your store. They have a designated section with donated costumes and accessories. A good portion of the costumes are lightly used since most people like to change their costumes every year. Past this section, Goodwills have a ton of clothing to search through for your costume ideas. Whether you want to be a scarecrow and need some overalls or a dead bride and need a wedding dress that you wouldn’t mind tearing up, the possibilities are endless.

Now I need your help. I’m torn between two of my favorite cartoon characters, which are Spinelli from the classic 90’s show Recess and more currently Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time. I can be shy at times and Spinelli would be my alter-ego. She is one tough girl that you do not mess with. Lumpy Space Princess (LSP) speaks her mind and is hilarious. She might not be the most graceful princess, but LSP has more girly interests.

For my costumes, I thrifted key pieces, bought new accessories and included my own belongs I already had.

SPINELLI

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Jacket ( Savers, $7.99) Dress ( Savers, $5.99) Tights (Party City, 5.99) Boots ( Arizona, Gift)

Lumpy Space Princess

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Dress (Savers, $7.99) Wig (Goodwill, $7.99) Cream Makeup (Party City, $1.99 each) Lipstick (Daiso, $1.50) Paper (Michaels)

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